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  1. L C R 2000 L C R 2000 says : Reply

    Shahyar Ghanbari , the legendary Persian modernist poet, singer, songwriter, composer, and filmmaker, known primarily as the founder of the New Wave of Persian modern songwriting with an impassioned cult following, is perhaps better described as the most distinctive voice of contemporary Iranian pop/rock music. Many Iranians, especially the young, consider Shahyar Ghanbari as the Leonard Cohen of Iran whose literary and musical achievements and contribution to the Iranian art scene are, quite simply, remarkable. Shahyar’s imaginative songs and ingenious lyrics—marked by textural experimentation, rich aesthetic standards, and impressionistic subject matter—made him one of the most successful and influential modern Iranian artists. His writings, poems, films and songs, seen as a whole, form a true portrait-of-the-artist.
    A native of Tehran, and son of the renowned multi-talented Hamid Ghanbari, Shahyar explored his artistic leanings from an early age, writing poetry and fiction as a teenager. In order to receive his college education in cinema, at seventeen he moved to London where he witnessed and participated in the May 1968 uprising and started to grow more passionate about rock ‘n’ roll music. After moving back to Iran, he wrote Ghesse-ye Do Mahi (The Tale of Two Fishes) –a turning point in the formation of his style– for Googoosh, the leading woman singer of the time, which marked the beginning of the new wave in modern Iranian popular music. Within a few years his verses had received wide critical acclaim and he became established as a pioneer lyricist of the new wave of pop/rock music in Iran. Shahyar continued to write innovative lyrics for major singers of the time which bore fruit in hundreds of celebrated songs, in both pre- and post-revolutionary Iran. In fact, Shayar’s original and unique lyrics are the principal reason for the success of singers such as Farhad, Googoosh and Dariush, to name but a few. While his lyrical subjects cover a broad range, a significant characteristic of Shahyar’s lyrics, and indeed an important reason for his fame, is their recurring preoccupation with vital socio-political issues. Shahyar’s friendship with the iconic musicians Esfandiar Monfaredzadeh and Varoujan, and their subsequent collaboration with the most fascinating and enigmatic voice of Iranian popular music, Farhad Mehrad, created the most influential political popular songs of the contemporary Iran in the 70’s. Unsurprisingly, the political subversive message of his works was disliked by the Shah’s government, and just days after the release of Booy-e Khub-e Gandom (The Scent of the Wheat), sung by Dariush Eghbali, Shahyar was imprisoned for a couple of months in the notorious Evin Prison. In 1976, Shahyar also made his internationally recognized film, The Last Supper, which is considered as one of the first films of Iranian New Wave cinema. After the Revolution of 1979, when the newly established Islamic regime not only banned pop/rock music but denounced all forms of progressive art, Shahyar fled to Paris—his favorite city to which he later on dedicated his 2003 pièce de résistance English/French album, Rewind Me in Paris. In Paris, he released his debut album as a singer/songwriter, If All People Were Poet (recorded in Tehran during the early days of the Revolution) in 1981. The album embraced by Iranian intelligentsia as one of the first artistic responses to the catastrophic situation of Iran at the time. After that, working with acclaimed arrangers such as Steve McCrum, Armik, and Abdi Yamini, and singing in Persian, English, and French, Shahyar has released 10 other solo albums by which he has earned not only critical praise but also massive popular attention that places him in a situation almost unique in the Iranian cultural scene. His influence on generations of artists from all walks of art is irrefutable. Settled in Southern California in the early 1990’s, alongside his continuing works as a lyricist and singer, he has produced, written, and hosted TV and radio programs for more than 20 years, staged an experimental play (Travelogue: a Song-Play) and also published two collections of poetry (The Sea in Mea and The Earthless Tree) and a collection of articles (Mastering Time) which contains his reflections on the nature of songwriting. It should be noted that in the spring 2016, Shahyar will be released his new album The Milky Voice in which he has been collaborated with his gifted son, an emerging hip-hop artist, Lorca (known as King Highness).
    Selected discography
    • IF (1981)
    • The Earthless Tree (1991)
    • Forbidden (1992)
    • Travelog (1994)
    • Nakedness (1998)
    • Forbidden Plus (1999)
    • I Love You’s (2001)
    • Rewind Me in Paris (2003)
    • Reborn (2010)
    • Les Coeurages (2011)
    • The Milky Voice ( 2016)

  2. Roya.r says : Reply

    You are unique … I’m proud of you … stay forever

    1. Thank You so much dear ROYA…I’m proud of you 2.

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